Amidst circulating rumors online of his death, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison has made it public that he is very much alive.
Recently celebrating his 83rd birthday, Sison put the rumours to rest by sending a photo of himself from the Netherlands, with a planner for the week, to news outlet The Philippine Star.
Save for some inflammations due to rheumatoid arthritis, the CPP leader stated that he is in good health.
Sision is also prepared to hold lectures in the coming days on topics such as facism before and after World War II, as well as the upcoming General Elections in the country.
“I am still alive. And I am celebrating my birthday today. Those spreading the rumors that I am dead are liars,” he stated.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not given any statements or comments on the false death reports, stating that they themselves have had no information regarding the CPP leader’s supposed demise.
In December of 1968, Sison established the CPP and New People’s Army (NPA), and after peace talks with then president Corazon Aquino fell through, he went into self-exile in 1987.
According to the military, the CPP-NPA conflict is being fought through armed and unarmed means.
Notably, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), established and chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, has drawn much flak for falsely accusing innocent people of being communists.
Photo: Philippine Star